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I actually forgot until I went out to dinner tonight and saw all the cute kids dressed up. From what I was told, Halloween isn't a bit deal in France but from what I see, it sure seems to be a major holiday.
Today I was in Lille, France which no one has heard of and yet, it’s a giant city. Its center reminded me a lot of Ashland where it has great little shops, neat stone ...
... one. There was not a single sign for car rentals until we got well along in the process. We could never have found it on our own. Then on to the office to check in and then on to the ticket line, which moved slowly. I was getting pretty anxious, as it was 20min. to train time by the time we got to the ticket window. But all went well and our journey(s) began. Getting to Bruges by train isn't simple: it requires FOUR, with a total time of almost five ...
Sometimes there's a day, and when you're living it, you know it will be etched in your memory forever. Today was one of those. We rose at 1:30am for the hour long drive to the Australian War Memorial at Villers Bretonneux. Maybe it was the rain we stood in for hours or the silent crowd of thousands. Maybe it was the two and a half hour wait to board our bus after the service was over. Maybe it was the buzz of sitting and chatting to strangers in ...
... a crater exists because the German area was blown up from below in tunnels. The blast was so loud that they heard it in London - over 30000 kg of dynamite. We saw and walked through trenches and saw allied and enemy bunkers too. We visited the cemetery and war-site where John McCrae was a physician zinc witnessed his best ftiend's death. This spurred him to write 'In Flanders Fields' the famous ...
... here, this is what he would have seen and as we walked through the cemeteries he said "this man would have known Joe, so would this one and this one" as they were all in the Rifle Brigade. He took us to the areas the soldiers advanced from and the scene as they would have seen it. Absolutely incredible.
When the Germans bombed Ieper, not a building was left standing so all the buildings we saw were less than 100 years old. Most had been rebuilt to replicate ...